Dalit History Month: Memory, Militancy, and Resistance

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Voices from the Dalit community in India and beyond.

This is an online event hosted on Zoom. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access.

“Lost rights are never regained by appeals to the conscience of the usurpers, but by relentless struggle.” The words of BR Ambedkar; Dalit, and India’s first Minister of Law and Justice. Dalits, formerly known as ‘Untouchables’, still face discrimination because of their caste, even though this is illegal in India.

Dhanya Addanki is a journalist, editor and photographer working mainly in advocacy, human rights and justice-oriented spaces. Her work with the South Asian American Digital Archive focused on the liberation of the Dalit community. Most recently she created the audio archive, An Altar To Dalit Honour. She was born in South India and raised in South Texas.

Meena Kandasamy is a poet, novelist and anti-caste activist. She has translated the writings and speeches of Tamil Dalit leader and MP, Thol. Thirumavalavan (Uproot Hindutva: 2004)and Periyar EV RamasamyHer debut novel The Gypsy Goddess fictionalised the Kilvenmani massacre of 1968, where 44 landless Dalit men, women and children were burnt alive in Tanjore, India because they were striking for higher wages. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesGuardian and The White Review.

Dr. D. Ravikumar is a Dalit poet, historian, and politician. He was instrumental in retrieving Dalit history in Tamil Nadu, and has published over two dozen books of poetry and history. He publishes Bodhi - a bimonthly for Dalit history, and edits Dalit - a journal for Dalit literature. He is a Member of Parliament from the Villupuram constituency, Tamil Nadu, and General Secretary of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (Liberation Panthers Party).

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Name: Dalit History Month: Memory, Militancy, and Resistance
Where: British Library St Pancras
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